Ridgway man gets 10 years for growing over 100 pot plants | Crime
A 36-year-old Gallatin County man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for growing over 100 marijuana plants and conspiring with others to do so, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.
Paul Reynolds of Ridgway previously pled guilty to a two-count indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury.
On August 29 of last year, law enforcement agents conducted ground surveillance on three marijuana plots which they had identified from the air and took Reynolds and co-defendant Daniel J. Fulkerson, also of Ridgeway, into custody as they entered the plots to water and tend the plants. A total of 132 plants were seized.
After his sentence is up, Reynolds will be on supervised probation for four years. Reynolds was returned to the custody of the United States Marshal to await designation by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to one of its facilities.
Fulkerson also pled guilty to the same charges and was sentenced to five years in prison.
The case was investigated by the Carmi office of the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force.
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